Join us on one of the greatest mountain journeys in Britain
FoodSome provided. Details below
Difficulty LevelsMultiple options available
4 - 5
All the many paths up Snowdon have their own interesting histories, fantastic viewpoints and stories of adventure. But rising above them all in terms of drama, exposure and beauty is the Snowdon Horseshoe, a line in the sky of non-stop excitement.
Beginning from Pen-y-Pass, we’ll head up and traverse Crib Goch to Garnedd Ugain before reaching the summit of Snowdon. From there we begin the second half of the horseshoe, crossing the fine peak of Y Lliwedd, before descending down to Pen-y-Pass via Llyn Llydaw. So all in all you’ve got 4 separate scrambles, the highest peak in Wales, and views over the whole of Snowdonia.
We’re running this day as part of a weekend away, where we attempt the horseshoe on Saturday and offer you another walk on Sunday, further exploring the National Park.
In a nutshell:
- Attempt the Snowdon Horseshoe in a small group with a qualified Mountain Leader.
- Relax in our accommodation and have breakfast and lunch provided, with the chance to explore the local pubs in the evening.
- Admire the incredible ridges of Crib Goch and Y Lliwedd, and gaze down at North Wales from the top of Snowdon.
- Enjoy a relaxing Sunday, a stroll in the woods or along the beach.
- Friday 29th – Sunday 31st May 2020
You’re welcome to arrive at the guest house from 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be waiting to greet you and introduce you to your walking companions. Dinner on the first night is included.
After breakfast and time to put together a packed lunch, including lots of snacks, we’ll head off for the start of the Snowdon Horseshoe. Your leader will impart useful wisdom and some movement techniques to help you adjust to the scrambling and before you know it we’ll be heading along Crib Goch, the summit of Snowdon visible ahead!
The scrambling sections require care but there is nothing harder than a ‘Grade 1’, meaning you should be confident attempting it if you are a competent hillwalker with a spirit of adventure. The stunning views on all sides and the whole route laid out before and behind us should inspire you to continue going!
After completing the horseshoe, with a brief stop at the summit café no doubt included, we’ll retire to the nearest pub to celebrate what will have been an excellent day out. After giving you time to freshen up back at the guest house, we’ll take you to one of our favourite local pubs where we can dine in style.
We’ll head out on a half-day walk to explore the valleys and woodlands of Snowdonia. Options include visits to Betws-y-Coed, or further down the Vale of Ffestiniog.
We’ll aim to finish the day at 1pm, giving you a last chance at a tea and cake before the weekend comes to an end. You’ll be heading home with great memories of a challenging weekend amongst the highest peaks in Wales.
A note on the weather
Attempting the Snowdon Horseshoe depends on good weather – heavy rain and/or high wind speeds will mean that we cannot go onto the route. If this is the case then we will still take you out for the day, but on a more suitable walk. Also our Mountain Leaders retain the right to prevent anyone attempting the Snowdon Horseshoe who they feel are not fit/competent enough to complete it. That said, we will do our best to coach you through any of the exposed bits.
About the area
Snowdonia National Park
The first and largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia stretches from the north coast all the way to the River Dovey, and from the west coast to Bala. It contains several mountain ranges, the highest of which centres around Snowdon, the tallest peak in Wales. The area also contains forests, rivers, miles of seashore and sandy beaches, quiet valleys and welcoming villages. The whole area has recently been named a Dark Sky Reserve for the quality of its night skies, and the crags around Snowdon are some of the most popular climbing venues in Britain. For walkers the Park offers both the security of the well-trodden path, and the wildness of the remote mountainside.
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What our members have to say...
Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!ClaireMember Since 2016
My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018
“I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.ElizabethMember Since 2016